PORTLAND — Multnomah University President Daniel Lockwood has announced he will retire June 30, 2014, following 17 years of service as the university’s fourth president.
According to Multnomah constituents, Lock-wood’s presidency of the 77-year-old school has been marked by progress, academic accountability, and increased opportunities and venues for Multnomah grads to share the message of Jesus Christ around the world.
“The eternal implication of the work God has done in the world through Multnomah graduates is humbling, and I am honored to have played a part in it,” Lockwood said.
“The board of trustees thanks God for Dr. Lockwood’s energetic leadership sustained over such an extended period of both challenges and opportunities for Multnomah,” university board Chairman Jack Dryden said. “His impact has been both broad and deep.”
Lockwood was diagnosed with cancer in 2004 but remained asymptomatic. He led the school to full accreditation in 2006, adoption of the “Multnomah University” title in 2008, and achieving record enrollment of 931students in 2011.
“The fact that I had cancer prompted me to approach the board of trustees about a retirement plan,” Lockwood said. “I continued to have no symptoms from either my cancer or from my chemotherapy infusions, and was able to fulfill my presidential responsibilities and live a very normal life with plenty of energy. But I felt full disclosure on this issue was imperative.”
Lockwood continues to operate with full vigor. The decision to search for a new president is a precautionary measure on the part of Multnomah’s board, not an emergency due to any deterioration of his ability to serve in his current position.
Multnomah’s board of trustees is acting on a pre-established plan to find a successor. As the committee works, Lockwood will continue to serve as president.